On October 4, Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) News featured the Ride the Lightning (RTL) post: “Hacking Our Election System? A Piece of Cake” included in today’s top stories. PLUS is recognized as the primary source of professional liability educational programs and seminars, networking events, educational products, and information regarding professional liability. Ride the Lightning is a cybersecurity and e-discovery blog by Sensei’s Sharon Nelson.
Excerpt: Naked Security reported on October 1st that ethical hackers have proven again that it is easy as pie to hack U.S. election systems which will be used in next year’s elections.
Hackers proved this over the course of two and a half days at the Voting Village corner of the DefCon 27 security conference in August.
Hackers easily compromised every single one of the more than 100 machines to which they were given access, many with what they called “trivial attacks” that required “no sophistication or special knowledge on the part of the attacker.” They didn’t get their hands on every flavor of voting system in use in the country, but every one of the machines they compromised is currently certified for use in at least one voting jurisdiction, including direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines, electronic poll books, Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs), optical scanners and hybrid systems.